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How and why we teach Shakespeare : college teachers and directors share how they explore the playwright's works with their students

Author: Sidney Homan
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, nineteen distinguished college teachers and directors draw from their personal experiences and share their methods and the reasons why they teach Shakespeare. The collection is divided into four sections: studying the text as a script for performance; exploring Shakespeare by performing; implementing specific techniques for getting into the plays; and working in different  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney Homan
ISBN: 9780367190798 0367190796 9780367245672 0367245671
OCLC Number: 1085593638
Description: viii, 221 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction : how and why / Sidney Homan --
Theatricality and the resistance of thesis / Andrew Hartley --
"That's a question : how shall we try it?" (The comedy of errors 5.1) / Nick Hutchison --
Re-entering Macbeth : "witches vanish" and other stage directions / S.P. Cerasano --
Seeing the Elizabethan playhouse in Richard II / Joseph Candido --
Acting and ownership in the Shakespeare classroom / James Bulman and Beth Watkins --
Performing Hamlet / Russell Jackson --
"Gladly would he learn and gladly teach" : empowering students with Shakespeare / Sidney Homan --
Uncertain test : student and teacher find their way onstage in Romeo and Juliet / Jerry Harp and Erica Terpening --
"In practice let us put it presently" : learning with much ado / Francis Teague and Kristin Kundert --
Shakespeeding into Macbeth and The tempest : teaching with the Shakespeare reloaded website / Liam Semler --
"And so everyone according to his cue" : practice-led teaching and cue-scripts in the classroom / Miranda Fay Thomas --
Collaborating with Shakespeare / Frederick Kiefer --
Shakespeare without print / Paul Menzer --
That depends : what do you want two plus two to be? / Cary Mazer --
"Who's there?" "Nay, answer me. stand and unfold yourself" : attending to students in diversified settings / Naomi Conn Liebler --
Unpicking the Turkish tapestry : teaching Shakespeare in Anatolia / Patrick Hart --
Teaching Shakespeare to retirees in the Olli Program / Alan Dessen --
Afterword : cur non? / June Schlueter.
Responsibility: edited by Sidney Homan.

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"In How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, nineteen distinguished college teachers and directors draw from their personal experiences and share their methods and the reasons why they teach Shakespeare. The collection is divided into four sections: studying the text as a script for performance; exploring Shakespeare by performing; implementing specific techniques for getting into the plays; and working in different classrooms and settings. The contributors offer a rich variety of topics, including: - Working with cues in Shakespeare, such as line and mid-line endings that lead to questions of interpretation; - Seeing Shakespeare's stage directions and the Elizabethan playhouse itself as contributing to a play's meaning; - Using the "gamified" learning model or cue-cards to get into the text; - Thinking of the classroom as a rehearsal; - Playing the Friar to a student's Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet; - Teaching Shakespeare to inner-city students or in a country torn by political and social upheavals. For fellow instructors of Shakespeare, the contributors address their own philosophies of teaching, the relation between scholarship and performance, and--perhaps most of all--why in this age the study of Shakespeare is so important"--

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